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What the press have said:

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“A daughter who was left £2,000 by her dying father and a note which said ‘do something good’ has used the money to set up a charity which has helped 10,000 African entrepreneurs”

Daily Mail Online, 24 December 2014

Western Daily Press, 24 December 2014

Bristol Post, 24 December 2014


“Sefton Park Primary School has raised a record amount for charity in the spring 2014 Deki Tenner Tournament. Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils raised an amazing £2,410, more than any school in any previous tournament.”


Bristol Post,  21 May 2014


“Staff and customers at Friska, which has four outlets in Bristol and Bath, vote for a featured entrepreneur, and 10p from each of certain items sold from the menu, called Deki Dishes, allows Friska to fully fund a loan a month.”

The Guardian, 15 May 2014


“Bristol based food company Friska and microfinance charity Deki are celebrating the first anniversary of their partnership. The first 12 months of the partnership has been highly successful with their achievements being recognised by The Guardian Sustainability Awards 2014. Friska has been shortlisted in this year’s ‘Social Impact category’ by a judging panel made up of some of the most influential thinkers from the world of sustainable business. Businesses were shortlisted for inspirational work that demonstrated innovation and impact in corporate sustainability.”

Bristol Post, 7 April 2014


“Deki offers people in Africa training and microloans to set up businesses and work their way out of poverty.”

Bristol Property Live, Issue 153, 21 November 2013


“The UK’s first person-to-person micro-loans charity is seeing a rise in support from the LGBT community since controversy arose linking their main competitor to a homophobic religious organisation.”

We Are Family Magazine, Issue Winter 2013


“Deki is a UK based microfinance charity where, for just £10, you can buy an ethical voucher and help finance a hard-working entrepreneur in the developing world set up a new business.”

Grazia, 2 December 2013


“A Bristol-based charity is calling on local, aspiring entrepreneurs to take part in a tournament, which will help change lives in the developing world.”

Bishopston Voice, Issue 11, November 2013


“This November, Bristol charity ‘Deki’ is launching an enterprising challenge for schools by encouraging pupils to make as much money as possible from £10. Named the Tenner Tournament, the idea is to engage and inspire students, while honing their entrepreneurial skills and changing the lives of people in the developing world.”

Primary Times, Issue 178, 2 September- 25 October 2013


Bristol Post have featured our CEO and founder Vashti Seth.

In response to question what Vashti enjoys the most, she answers: “Hearing news on how we have helped our lenders turn their lives around.”

Bristol Post, July 24 2013


“I love this charity website. You don’t donate; you give a microloan (part of a bigger loan) for entrepreneurs starting small businesses living in poverty. You can lend £10 to a woman selling cakes and you get email updates telling you when they’ve repaid the loan. Then you get the choice to reinvest, withdraw or donate to the charity. £10 can help numerous different people.”

Alex Stedman, junior fashion editor, The Red Magazine, 21 December 2012


“Founder Vashti Seth, a former film production manager who was inspired on a visit to India in 2006, says Deki has helped improve life for more than 8000 people in, Ghana, Nepal, Togo, and Malawi. which has had a particular interest for Scottish supporters.
Katey Tabner, 28, a social researcher from Edinburgh, has made nine loans to Malawian enterprises and says: “If the money comes back I would then reinvest it, and if there was money sitting in a pot I would rather put it in Deki than in a bank account.”"

The Scottish Herald, 15 December 2012


“Tots 100 have recently launched Time to Share, which aims to raise awareness of smaller charities, publicise volunteering opportunities and of course raise funds, by getting bloggers involved.

I’ve been paired up with Deki, which is the first UK person-to-person microloans charity; Instead of giving ‘aid’ they give loans to people from Togo, Malawi, Ghana and Nepal so that they can set up or expand their own businesses and access training and support – this allows people to preserve their dignity, as they are not receiving a hand-out, but a fair loan that needs to be repaid.

We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face blog, 11 May 2012


“A year ago, I came across this amazing website called DEKI, and it is a charity website like no other. It is based on giving to people in poverty who want to set up their own business. Some are hairdressers, some have a cleaning product business and you don’t donate, your money goes towards a microloan to help them set up their business.”

Alexandra Stedman, The Frugality blog, 4 April 2012


Individuals pursuing small and medium scale businesses in Usisya in Nkhata Bay [Malawi] have started getting interest-free loans on Friday following the launch of a loan scheme aimed at rendering them self-sufficient.

“These loans are aimed at helping individuals to live a life out of poverty through setting up of micro-entrepreneurship activities or boosting those that are already in existence,” said Temwa Director Tonderai Manoto.

Karen Msiska, The Daily Times 19 December 2011


“What Christmas gift can you get for someone who has got everything? A Bristol-based charity is hoping that this year, people will choose to help those who have very little by giving a gift voucher that is also a repayable loan.

Already, Deki has administered more than £80,000 of micro-loans, and more than 300 people in Ghana, Nepal,Togo and Malawi have been able to create a sustainable income.”

Suzanne Savill, Evening Post, 3 December 2011


“Nick [Park, Deki's patron], a four-time Academy award-winner for his Bristol-made Aardman-produced films said: “It’s such a simple idea – to connect individual people in this country to individuals in some of the world’s poorest countries so they can offer first-hand, direct support.”
- ‘Oscar-winner Nick Park lends his support to Bristol micro loan charity’

Robert Buckland, Bristol Business News, 20 October 2011


“Now that a wave of microlenders – from Kiva to Deki to Five Talents – has followed in [Muhammad Yunus'] footsteps, it’s easy to invest your money in the business, career development and all-round wellbeing of someone in the developing world.”

Emma John, The Guardian, 6 February 2011


“I’m a big fan of micro finance and have been on the look out for an alternative to Kiva where the loans were transacted in British sterling.
At last, I’ve found one. It’s called Deki…”

‘NumboJumbo’, forums 2011


Red Magazine nominated Deki’s CEO, Vashti, Red Hot Woman of the Year 2010. She’s now on their Red Panel – read her blog here (2011):


“Gift certificates are sold online – with a downloadable voucher sent either direct to your recipient or to you to wrap in a glittery envelope… Even the most curmudgeonly recipient will surely balk at asking why you couldn’t have got them bath salts like a normal person.”

Anna Britten, Venue Magazine 2010


“While other ethical schemes invite you to send a goat to a developing world village, Deki gives you the opportunity to offer a microloan.”

Lucy Siegle, The Observer, 5 December 2010


“Deki is similar to Kiva, but this UK-based site doesn’t collect any percentage of donations for its own operating costs, and its loan recipients are found in far fewer areas – right now, just the UK, Ghana and Nepal. Users choose a microloan recipient, the loan amount is forwarded to a field partner in the local currency (to mitigate the risk of financial loss due to currency fluctuation) and the loan is repaid over a 6- to 12-month period.”
’9 Ways to Do Good With 5 Minutes or $25′ – Jolie O’Dell, Mashable, April 17 2010